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Movie - Dinner for one

Updated on September 15, 2012

The old butler and his old Lady

When you live in Sweden you pretty soon have to get used to the Swedes love of tradition. This is sometimes taken to extremes especially where the festive TV schedule is concerned. On New Years Eve the TV is showing a special movie.

Most bizarre of all to me though is Grevinnan och Betjnten (or "Dinner for One" as the original English stage version is called). The English sketch, which has been shown every year since about 1963. Swedes quote the whole thing word for word with the same kind of comedic enthusiasm usually reserved for Monty Python sketches.

The old Lady has four guests at the table: Sir Toby, Admiral von Schneider, Mr Pommeroy and Mr Winterbottom. The old faithful butler, Freddie Frinton, is playing the roles of all the guests. Miss Sophie, May WarDer 90, is deciding about food and drinks. James, the butler, has to serve AND drink for all four guests.

"The same procedure as last year?"

The original movie from 1963

Dinner for one - buy this lovely movie

"HAPPY NEW YEAR MISS SOPHIE!"

Bottoms up - keep up with the Butler James!

When the movie starts, open your own wine and drink as fast as the Butler does. See how long you will last hehehe

Cover version - in English

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    • LouisaDembul profile image

      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I've seen it more times than I can count, and I still find it funny! Dinner for One.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Wow ... I have never seen this movie, even though my birthday is New Year's Eve. I will definitely be adding the original 1963 version to my movie collection.

    • EMangl profile image

      EMangl 6 years ago

      runs every year on many channels on 31th dec. - no matter how often you see it it's still funny